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PET owners will be able to get their furred and feathered friends microchipped at an event this weekend.

The Leigh branch of Pets at Home is hosting the two-day event, which will allow animal lovers to pick up cut-price chips, to promote responsible pet ownership.

Microchips allow owners to protect their pets from being lost or stolen, providing a permanent means of identification, and the store is particularly keen for Leythers looking to take their pets on holiday this summer to ensure they have chips fitted.

The Government introduced new legislation making it compulsory for all dogs in England and Wales to be microchipped by April 2016 earlier this year, placing the burden of responsibility on dog owners to ensure their pet is microchipped and introducing fines for non-compliance.

Pets at Home Leigh store manager Simon Holt said: “With microchipping technology, if your dog is lost or stolen, there is a better chance you will avoid any heartache and be re-united with your beloved pet.

“During the summer months when people are more likely to be travelling with their pets either around the UK or abroad, microchipping is something that every pet owner should consider to keep their pet safe. It is a simple, relatively painless and essential procedure for ensuring the welfare of your pet.”

The chip is roughly the size of a grain of rice, fits under the dog’s skin and contains information about its owner, making it easier for both to be reunited should they become separated for whatever reason.

Each chip implanted by Pets At Home has a unique code number, which is then stored along with the owner’s contact details on the UK’s largest registration database, Petlog.

Pets at Home Leigh is hosting the microchipping event on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28. Microchipping will be offered at a special ate of £10 per pet.

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